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  1. And the season’s first disabled list trip goes to … Mike Carp

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    It took exactly one game for a player to suffer an injury that requires a disabled list stint, as Mariners left fielder Mike Carp hurt his right shoulder diving for a ball against the A’s in Japan and has been placed on the shelf. Carp played the entire 11-inning game, but was later diagnosed with…

  2. Quote of the Day: Brendan Ryan on his ring bearer, Felix Hernandez

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan

    If you’re into the sappy love stuff, there’s a story over at MLB.com about how the Mariners’ Brendan Ryan proposed to his girlfriend in Tokyo yesterday. Just … awwwwwww. But the best part was when Ryan was talking about the logistics of his proposal. Specifically, how he got the rock over to Japan: The hyperactive…

  3. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:31 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Athletics 4, Mariners 1:  As you would expect, the A’s and M’s were all about the home runs today. All the game’s runs were scored on bombs, in fact, though they gave us their de riguer 0-0 tie through six innings. Three of the four dingers came in the seventh, with Justin Smoak going deep…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Mar 28, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Dustin Ackley homer

    Mariners 3, A’s 1: Opening Morning!  Gotta say, for all of my bitching about this yesterday, it was kind of nice to wake up at 5:52 AM, roll over, fire up the laptop and watch some baseball. At least until my kids woke up. Then I had to take precious time away from the game…

  5. The regular season is underway

    Mar 28, 2012, 6:20 AM EDT

    Japan Game

    I’m watching the Mariners-A’s game on MLB.tv.  It just began a couple of minutes ago. The Root sports broadcasters are doing the game via video while back home in Seattle. That’s special. Ichiro came to bat with two outs in the first inning, worked the count full off Brandon McCarthy and then chopped one off…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Can the Seattle Mariners score any runs?

    Mar 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Seattle Mariners. The Big Question: Can they score any runs? In case you forgot, the Mariners had a historically…

  7. Picture of the Day: Ichiro steps to the plate in Tokyo

    Mar 25, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

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    From Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times comes the shot below of Mariners outfielder and native of Japan Ichiro Suzuki getting ready to bat in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers. The Mariners lost the game 5-1 in front of a raucous sold out crowd of 55,000 at the Tokyo Dome.

  8. There is a museum devoted to Ichiro. And it’s run by his mom.

    Mar 23, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    suzuki_ichiro

    Geoff Baker is in Japan, getting ready for the season-opening series between the Mariners and A’s.  He got there a couple of days before the team and has been doing so sightseeing. One thing he saw: the Ichiro museum.  It’s right in front of his parents’ house. And his mom and dad run it. And…

  9. Kevin Millwood beats out Hisashi Iwakuma for final spot in Mariners’ rotation

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    kevin millwood getty

    Manager Eric Wedge announced today that Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas will be joined in the Mariners’ rotation by Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan, and Kevin Millwood. Millwood signed a minor-league deal in January after spending the end of last season with the Rockies and the 37-year-old beat out Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma for the fifth…

  10. Franklin Gutierrez won’t travel with Mariners to Japan

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez has recovered enough from a torn pectoral muscle that he’s resumed swinging a bat, but the Mariners center fielder has not been cleared to throw yet and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he won’t accompany the team to Japan later this week. Gutierrez’s best-case scenario is probably a late-April debut,…

  11. Mariners release oft-injured reliever Hong-Chih Kuo

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo has been a mess all spring as he attempts to come back from elbow surgery and anxiety issues. Today the Mariners decided they’d seen enough, releasing the once-dominant left-hander. When healthy Kuo has been one of the best relievers in baseball, logging 170 innings with a 1.96 ERA and 201 strikeouts from 2008-2010,…

  12. Dominant Felix Hernandez first to go six innings this spring

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    OK, so he was facing a Brewers lineup comprised strictly of Triple-A players, but Felix Hernandez was like a hot knife through butter on Friday, allowing one hit in six innings of work. He became the first pitcher to complete six innings this spring. Hernandez struck out six, walked one and hit a batter. Overall,…

  13. Franklin Gutierrez making progress, takes 25 swings

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

    gutierrez getty

    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez took a significant step forward Thursday in his ongoing recovery from a torn left pectoral muscle, swinging a bat through the air 25 times without discomfort. This according to 710 ESPN’s Shannon Drayer. Gutierrez had been limited this week to pool workouts, but he reported feeling strong when he arrived…

  14. Mariners are No. 1 at something — commercials

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

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    While the Seattle Mariners haven’t been much to look at on the field in recent years, they still continue to put out some of the most amusing commercials in all of baseball. That might be kind of like building the best car in Tibet, but hey, throw the Mariners a bone, people. At least they’re…

  15. Adam Moore expected to miss 3-4 weeks with wrist injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Adam Moore‘s wrist injury from Tuesday is less serious than initially feared and the Mariners catcher is hoping to be ready for game action within 3-4 weeks. Immediate reports pegged the injury as a fracture, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times now says “a more detailed scan … found that he merely had a…

  16. Adam Moore breaks wrist after missing last season with knee injury

    Mar 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez, Adam Moore

    Mariners catcher Adam Moore, a former top prospect who missed nearly all of last season with a knee injury suffered in his second game, broke his right wrist Tuesday when a ball in the dirt struck his throwing hand. There’s no word yet on how long the Mariners expect Moore to be sidelined, but he’s…

  17. Bryce Harper emulates Ichiro Suzuki for infield single

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper Getty

    Bryce Harper is highly-regarded for his elite power potential, but he took a page out of Ichiro Suzuki‘s book in order to beat out an infield single last night against the Mets. With junkballing left-hander Daniel Herrera on the mound, Harper took a bit of a leaning start out of the box and slapped a…

  18. Three-time All-Star Carlos Guillen announces retirement

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen, who signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on February 1, announced his retirement today. Guillen had a remarkable career, transitioning from light-hitting shortstop to an impact bat who played all over the diamond, but injuries limited him to just 81, 68, and 28 mostly ineffective games during the past three seasons. He…

  19. Mariners hit five homers to win Cactus League opener

    Mar 2, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Carlos Peguero, Jesus Montero

    The Phillies played Florida St. on Wednesday and there were three more exhibitions between Florida-based MLB teams and colleges today, but the spring season officially started later in the afternoon, with the Mariners and A’s squaring off in the Cactus League opener. As one would assume with such noted powerhouses playing each other, there were…

  20. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  21. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with torn pectoral muscle

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    gutierrez ap

    From beat reporter Shannon Drayer of Seattle’s ESPN 710 AM comes word that Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez has been diagnosed with a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle. Gutierrez suffered the injury Tuesday while making a throw during a drill and flew to Seattle on Wednesday to get a full examination from team…

  22. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with pectoral injury

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    There was some mystery surrounding Franklin Gutierrez‘s health status yesterday after he hopped into a car with the team trainer and left camp while general manager Jack Zduriencik declined to comment on the situation. It turns out Gutierrez injured his right pectoral muscle while making throws from the outfield and went for an MRI exam,…

  23. Can Jesus Montero catch? He’s motivated to show he can

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

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    PEORIA, Ariz. – There are some who say Jesus Montero will never be a quality major league catcher. Analysts who rush to praise his quick, powerful bat are equally quick to pan his defensive skills. His receiving is poor, his footwork worse, they say. He’s too big (6-3, 235), and not athletic enough to play…

  24. Yankees to force Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova to compete for rotation spots

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Hiroki Kuroda

    With A.J. Burnett gone, expectations were that it would come down to Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes for one spot in the Yankee rotation. Manager Joe Girardi has other ideas, though, announcing Tuesday that CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda were his only starters guaranteed spots. That leaves Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova competing for jobs.…

  25. Franklin Gutierrez leaves Mariners camp with trainer

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Franklin Gutierrez

    Franklin Gutierrez, who had all sorts of health problems last season but was said to be at full strength this spring, left Mariners camp this morning in a car driven by the team’s trainer. No further details are known yet, but when asked about the situation by Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times general manager…

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